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Knights split at Hendersonville

Hendersonville beat North 5-4 in the second game of a quasi-double header, so the Knights remain in second place in the Southern Foothills.
Had the Knights won both games against the Bearcats, they would’ve been sole possession of first place in the conference, moving ahead of Bessemer City.
“I would’ve loved to have won that second game. We left too many on base and we had more than ample opportunities in the seventh to go ahead and tie or even take the lead,” Knights’ head coach Sean Andrews said of the 11 runners his team left on base.
The Yellow Jackets will host the Cherryville Ironmen on Friday.
North Lincoln had bases loaded in the seventh, down 5-4, but was unable to come plate any runs.
Winning pitcher Matt Temby pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts.
Josh Belk (3-3) suffered the loss, pitching one inning and giving up two earned runs.
The game was made longer by a 30-minute rain delay.
Alex Loftin threw five innings, giving up no earned runs and one hit.
“He just amazes me. He’s been sick and still pitched five innings. I told him to go in there and keep us in it and I think that’s what he did, he did his job—everything I asked him to do,” Andrews said.
Spencer Mauney went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Bearcats. Nathan Stines also went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Ryan Pendleton went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Sophomore Trent Hopkins, who is batting .429, stole his 18th base Tuesday. He is an astounding 18-for-18 on the year. He stole three on Tuesday.
“I can give him the stop sign and he would run through it anyway. He just wants to run, try to produce and get in scoring position,” Andrews said.
First game
The Knights won 9-6.
Josh Belk paced the Knights with a 3-for-4 performance with a triple and two RBIs. Ryan Pendleton went 1-for-3 with two RBIs
Kyle Baker went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
Winning pitcher was Belk, who worked three and a third, giving up no hits. He also had eight strikeouts.
The losing pitcher was Josh Miller.

by John Mark Brooks

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